“Bruce Lee has been my inspiration since childhood” – Tiger Shroff

The Heropanti song ‘Whistle baja’ has debutant Tiger Shroff playing a tune on a flute, which is reminiscent of the wistful tune that was the leitmotif of his dad Jackie Shroff‘s debut superhit, Hero (1983). Tiger reveals the importance of the Hero tune in his young life and says: “The song means a lot to my family; and it’s been my alarm since childhood – every morning, the people selling flutes would play this tune below my house which would wake me up.”

While he may be walking in his father’s footsteps in this respect, Tiger claims not to have seen many films of his dad. “I have not seen all my dad films,” he informs, “but I have seen a few like Hero, Gardish, Parinda. But my favourite was Shiva Ka Insaf because I am a big superhero fan and every son’s first hero is his father. Seeing him as a superhero was a big high for me.”

Asked whether he expects to make it big as a Bollywood hero like his dad, the son modestly says, “My dad is amazing; I am not half as good as my father.” He studiously avoids comparisons so as to emerge his own person. Tiger says, “The more I think about dad’s presence and personality there will be more pressure, and I will be petrified. So I don’t think much about this.”

Tiger has not only a star father but also a star well wisher in Aamir who attended for his film’s music launch. However, the actor says he does not take acting tips from his senior. “I only talk to Aamir on a normal basis and about workouts.”

With his high fitness levels and daredevilry, Tiger seems set to take on the action-hero image. “Bruce Lee has been my inspiration from childhood,” he says but adds, “Essentially Heropanti is a love story not an action film; action is just part of it. Thankfully, I was prepared for it and my action scenes look very nice because of the way they have presented me in them.”

- by Anita Britto, Bollywood News Service

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